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Moodle 4 Administration - Fourth Edition

By : Alex Büchner
Book Image

Moodle 4 Administration - Fourth Edition

By: Alex Büchner

Overview of this book

This updated fourth edition of the classic Moodle Administration guide has been written from the ground up and covers all the new Moodle features in great breadth and depth. The topics have also been augmented with professional diagrams, illustrations, and checklists. The book starts by covering basic tasks such as how to set up and configure Moodle and perform day-to-day administration activities. You’ll then progress to more advanced topics that show you how to customize and extend Moodle, manage authentication and enrolments, and work with roles and capabilities. Next, you'll learn how to configure pedagogical and technical Moodle plugins and ensure your LMS complies with data protection regulations. Then, you will learn how to tighten Moodle’s security, improve its performance, and configure backup and restore procedures. Finally, you'll gain insights on how to compile custom reports, configure learning analytics, enable mobile learning, integrate Moodle via web services, and support different types of multi-tenancy. By the end of this book, you’ll be able to set up an efficient, fully fledged, and secure Moodle system.
Table of Contents (24 chapters)

Managing Permissions, Roles, and Capabilities

Permissions are complex yet powerful and can be seen as the backbone of Moodle. In this chapter, we will cover contexts, roles, and capabilities, which define what users can and cannot see and do in your Moodle system.

In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:

  • Exploring Moodle’s predefined roles
  • Understanding contexts
  • Assigning roles to users
  • Understanding capabilities
  • Roles and context management

We will start with a short definition that should be kept in mind when managing permissions.

Important note

A role is a collection of capabilities with corresponding permissions and risks. A role is assigned to a user in a context.

Let’s have a look at the following high-level diagram, which visualizes the preceding definition before we cover all permission-related topics in detail:

Figure 6.1 – High-level permissions overview

Every user in your...